Columns and Editorial

Fabrication, misquotation, Brits vs. Yanks, the April Fool's Balrog and imaginative pedants. All in a few months' chat on ABSW-L…

A friend of mine is an investigative journalist for a major American newspaper. He’s a fine writer, winning some of the highest awards for his work, and one of those great journalists many of us aspire to be. In the few films where the journalist is the hero for uncovering some great injustice, he’d be that journalist. But his Facebook photo is of a dodo.

A point in space

One point was all that Archimedes needed to balance a lever to shift our planet out of orbit, and that’s that. Well no it isn’t. He’d also need a lever long enough. And that’s the problem. If Syd Perkowitz, a professor of physics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia could address Archimedes today, he would allow him only one piece of science fantasy. “What’s it going to be, Archie? Lever or point? Make your mind up, we haven’t got all day.”

Kat Arney has some ideas for spring...

Spring has sprung, the clocks have lurched us forward into British ‘Summer’ Time and a writer's thoughts turn to the long, glorious evenings ahead. Or, more likely, huddling in a pub to avoid yet another rain shower. So instead of shivering in a pub garden, why not come along to one of these scintillating events?

A skeptic's view of recent events...

In the spring of 1997, I found myself in Strasbourg at the first meeting of Euroscience. I'm a young research student, disillusioned with academia, and I've been paid to come and moan about how miserable life is for postgraduates. During a break, I wandered over to a balcony to drink my nasty black euro-coffee. Somehow I ended up chatting to a bearded man who turned out to be a journalist.

I remembery vividly hearing Susan Greenfield on BBC Radio 4's In the Psychiatrist's Chair back in 2000. I was painting my living room and didn't really have an opinion about her at that time. I'd read her book The Human Brain: A Guided Tour and, although I didn't absolutely adore it, I thought it was pretty good. So if anything I was pre-disposed to like her...

The usual eclectic round-up of esoteric ephemera.

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